Mamerto Adan is an engineer by profession, but a writer by night. He loves toys and knives. He also has a martial arts background.
We all know that the Gundam universe never shied away from topics like death. In fact, being a war and an anti-war themed anime, deaths and kills are a common part of its episodes. Sure, we always see mobile suits being blown to wrecks, but being too busy admiring the action, we paid little attention to the pilot inside. Did he go to pieces like his suit? Or burned to death? It’s hard to imagine, and thankfully, but no thanks as well, the Gundam series sometimes gave us glimpses on how the pilots perished, in graphic details. At some point, the deaths are exaggerated, bizarre, or sometimes unintentionally funny or satisfying. Simply it’s too gory that it’s unrealistic. And with too much time in our hands, we then searched the Gundam universe for those deaths that will make your stomach turn, and laugh all the same.
And by the way, we came up with only seven. I think there is more out there.
Special Mention: Victory Gundam's Helmet Scene
This one deserves a special mention, due to its disturbing contents.
If one might ask what are the goriest Gundam series, I will say SEED and Victory. If SEED was emotional, Victory was dark in terms of violent deaths. Deaths here were common, and a particularly notorious one involved a thirteen-year-old Uso holding a helmet. And that was no ordinary helmet, it actually belonged to his mom when she was alive... a while ago. Because inside that helmet was his mom’s bloody severed head! Mueller Migel, his mom lost her head during a hostage situation. And the next scenes showed the kid carrying what remained of her mother.
Like a friend said, Victory Gundam’s deaths were disturbing, while SEED deaths were arousing.
1. Nicole Belly Hugging an Anti-Ship Sword
And now that we speak of SEED deaths, those were meant to raise the emotional heat. Sometimes, the deaths were unrealistic and inconsistent. I mean a mere contact with a beam saber means instant vaporization. And SEED’s anti-ship sword is several times more powerful. Hence it means quicker deaths, right?
Not in the case of Nicole Amalfi.
Everyone knows how he died. This girlish dude who loved the piano perished after playing hero to save Athrun. He paid for it by catching the lethal sword and almost getting sliced in half. The death was slow, and there was even time for him to do an emotional goodbye, before he blew to bits.
This was one of the rare moments when we saw what happened to the pilot of an exploding suit. What we don’t understand is how come smaller beam sabers vaporizes humans faster than larger anti-ship swords. The moral of the story is do not hug a live beam blade.
2. Scirocco getting Stuck
This death was more hilarious than tragic, maybe due to the exaggerations and kinks it showed. The unlucky fellow that got involved goes by the name Paptimus Scirocco, the main antagonist of Zeta. He was never a joke, being a powerful newtype, a military genius and a manipulative psychopath. Yet he died in a strange way, with Kamille resorting to the strangest of means. He just impaled Scirocco with the nose of his Gundam Zeta, well, in waverider form. After calling upon the spirits of his fellow characters, Kamille mustered all the strength he needed to ram his Gundam Zeta into the O, Scirocco’s chubby mobile suit.
After that, Scirocco got the point.
It’s a bizarre use of a mobile suit in a fight, resulting in a somewhat strange manner of death. In real life, he will die instantly, with his torso getting crush. But the audience deserve a bit of gore to satisfy their blood lust. Or maybe, they wanted Scirocco to stick around a bit.
3. Kudal, the Human Fillet
I’m not sure if a gigantic sword is still sharp enough to pull-off a precise cut, like slicing a man in half. But that's what the Jojo’s Bizarre reject Kudal Cadel got. To be honest, I hate that character. He is sadistic, vile and cruel, and drawn like an effeminate male stripper. And my friend never liked how he sticks his tongue out. That’s why we enjoyed the scene where Mikazuki finished him off. We always thought that in terms of manhood, Kuda is just half of being a real man. And after Gundam Barbatos pierced his Gusion, he got sliced in half like a giant fruit. So, we could say he became half the man he used to be before death.
4. Iok Kujan, the Waffle Man
IBO has a knack for bringing in annoying male characters. I mean, SEED just successfully produced their own hated bunch, with Flay in the lead. And IBO never wanted to be outdone, and introduced Iok Kujan to the general public.
And people hated him.
He was self-centered and sacrificed the lives of others for his own glory, while he himself was no genius and relies on plot armor. Everyone remembers the Mobile Armor incident, and fans could have carried Akihiro for doing the honorable deed of finishing him off.
And Iok’s death was nothing short of satisfying.
He died after his suit got caught in Akihiro’s giant scissors, crushing him slowly much to the people’s delights. But at least for once, we could say people have a crush on him.
5. Gundam SEED Microwaved People
This scene is sick, literally. It happened in the 47th episode of SEED, and let’s just say I never looked at a popping balloon and my mom’s microwave oven the same way again. My friend even said that using the microwave brings back those horrid scenes, where bridge dolls and pals were inflated like a balloon before exploding into a mess of blood and guts. We need to thank that new and terrifying weapon GENESIS, and somehow dying by beam saber became more humane, since it is quicker. It reminds me of how the people in the Evangelion universe became orange juice, but at least they are pretty much alive, unlike the microwaved folks in SEED. On the way I see it, they just had too much pressure and they went to pieces.
6. Lady Une's Overkill
We got constant complains that Gundam Wing never aged well. I got to admit that it is mostly true. Mostly, but not completely. Story-wise, it was flawed. Action wise, it is still the best. In fact, the battle scene is one of the most exiting up to date. But in terms of gore, Wing was pretty meek, though I can’t still understand why Lady Une would kill someone who is already dying. That plane scene, where the attractive meganeko pushed a man from a plane to his death, only to shoot him dead was counted as overkill. We cannot understand the point of shooting a man who is already falling to his doom. Was that really necessary? Suddenly, I have a mental image of Bane seating nearby asking the same question.
Maybe the scene attempted to show how crazy Une is, though one fact remained. Lady Une was pretty popular among the Wing fandom. Her dual personality, not to mention her plot armor appeals to a lot of people.
7. Vaporized Bikini Babes
Victory Gundam is dark and violent, but I found the assault by bikini clads girls as dumb! Why would you confront a fully armed mobile suit piloted by the delusional Uso head on? And what’s with the bikini they were wearing? We have a feeling that it was one of the after effects of hiring an irked Tomino to run the show., or just some stupid fan service. Nevertheless, it’s not Victory Gundam without the graphic death. Hence Neneka Nibrou and the rest were erased from existence with a beam sabre.